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Kristopher Lichtanski, PhD

Faculty Senator

Kristopher Lichtanski photo

Distinguished Core Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology

Exempt/Expedited Reviewer and Full Board Member, NCU IRB

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Clinical Psychology / Integrative Mental Health
  • Psychotherapy / Art Therapy
  • Multiculturalism / Acculturation / Migration / Social Justice
  • LGBTQ+ / Gender Identity


  • PhD – Clinical Psychology; Capella University, Minneapolis, MN
  • MA – Clinical Psychology; New College of California, San Francisco, CA
  • BA – Counseling/Clinical Psychology; San Jose State University, San Jose, CA


  • A Comparison of Adoptive Gay and Adoptive Heterosexual Fathers:  Differences in their Perception of Parenting Abilities, Level of Parental Stress, Style of Parenting, and Available Social Support.

 Research Areas of Interest:

  • Multicultural psychology and psychotherapy
  • Psychology of gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Psychology of family systems (blended families, alternative families, adoptions, parenting)
  • Stress management, chronic illness, and psychoneuroimmunology

Select Publications:

  • Rubin, S., & Lichtanski, K. (2015). Existential Therapy. In E.S. Neukrug (Ed.), “The Sage Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy”(pp. 368 -374). doi:10.4135/9781483346502.n128

 Select Professional Experience:

  • Core Faculty, Director of Clinical Training and Field Placement; Saybrook University, Oakland, CA.
  • Former Adjunct Faculty: New College of California, University of San Francisco, San Francisco City College
  • Former Post-doctoral Fellow: University of San Francisco – Counseling and Psychological Services; City College of San Francisco – Psychological Services.
  • Member: Editorial Board – Journal of Humanistic Psychology (Sage), APA - Division 32, California Psychology Internship Consortium, California Regionally-Accredited Psychology Programs Group.